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The Left Front and the Socialist Party should hold "discussions"

Translated Friday 6 April 2012, by Kristina Wischenkamper and reviewed by Bill Scoble

The Left Front and the Socialist Party, the "two great forces on the Left", should "discuss" their respective "proposals" and work towards a "dynamic unity," Pierre Laurent, national secretary of the PCF and Director of Jean-Luc Melenchon’s campaign said on Wednesday.

"Saying you can take or leave the programme is senseless (...). It’s not a thoughtful response," said Pierre Laurent on France Inter, referring to statements made on Tuesday by Jérome Cahuzac, Socialist President of the Finance Committee of the National Assembly. He was asserting that Jean-Luc Mélenchon could take or leave François Hollande’s programme — assuming Mélenchon were to support the Socialist candidate in the second round of presidential elections. "There will be two major forces on the Left, the Socialist Party and the Left Front, representing positions that are not all convergent, to say the least. That’s what should be discussed," continued Pierre Laurent.

On Tuesday night at a major rally in Lille, Jean-Luc Mélenchon quipped to huge applause: "Jérome Cahuzac said we can take or leave François Hollande’s programme. Thanks, but I think we’ll leave it." "It is time, however, for everyone to start working towards a shared dynamic (...), as we are doing," said the secretary of the PCF. "The Socialist leaders need to hear what is happening with the Left Front. There is a huge sense of expectation in France that cuts across all of the Left," he said

Concerning Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s progression in the opinion polls, Pierre Laurent spoke of the "ever-growing wave of the Left Front." "How big will it get? I do not know."

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